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musée du quai Branly Research Fellowships in Anthropology and Related Fields

The musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac offers every year doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships to support Ph.D. candidates and early career scholars in pursuing innovative research projects. The academic fields concerned are: anthropology, ethnomusicology, art history, history, archaeology, sociology, performance studies.
The research topics concerned are: Western and non-Western arts, material and immaterial heritage, museum institutions and their collections, technology, ritual performance and material culture.

The projects most likely to benefit from the environment of the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac will be examined with particular attention.

During the year of their fellowship, the laureates will present in the museum’s Research and Higher Education Department’s internal seminar a scientific paper intended for later publication. They will be required to deliver a detailed report to the museum’s research department at the end of the fellowship.

Doctoral fellowships

Four doctoral fellowships are offered to support PhD candidates in completing their dissertation; candidates must be at least in the third year (post-fieldwork writing stage) of their doctoral program during the academic year 2019-2020 (in a university in France or abroad). This fellowship scheme is not designed to fund fieldwork or archival research. It specifically concerns doctoral studies on dies on non-European societies.

The doctoral fellowships are limited to a period of 12 months (non-renewable), from October the 1st to September the 30th of each year. They consist in a monthly allowance which in 2019 will be of 1300 € net and will be awarded after assessment and selection of the applications by the Museum’s Scientific Committee. No condition of nationality applies.

Postdoctoral fellowships

Five postdoctoral fellowships are offered to early career scholars to collectively develop a one year research program on the theme “Circulation of objects and images”. Each of these terms must be understood in its broadest sense to account for all their possible relations: “objects” means all the artefacts gathered in the non-European museums collections, in France and abroad ; “images” means any form of visual or sound presence : paintings, graphic arts, photographs, cinema, recordings... The study of their circulation will focus on describing trajectories – contexts of production, starting points, means of transportation, velocities, thresholds of transformation, “check” and “choke” points, returns – which reveal past or present forms of cultural globalization and the universal mission of museums.

Particular attention will be paid to the applications whose project relates to:

  • History of non-European collections, especially those of the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac (sherds, weapons, poles, boats, music instruments)
  • Preservation of the Brazilian cultural heritage after the destruction of the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro
  • Colonial and Migration iconography

The postdoctoral fellowships are limited to a period of 12 months (non-renewable), from October the 1st to September the 30th of each year. They consist in a monthly wage of 2 111,09 € gross in 2019.

They are awarded after assessment of the applications and auditions of a shortlist of ten candidates by the Museum’s Scientific Committee. The audition of the shortlisted applicants will take place at the end of June at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac or by videoconference.

Applicants may apply for this scheme for up to 5 years after having been awarded their doctoral degree, that is after the 1st of January 2014. In order to apply for the postdoctoral fellowships, the candidate’s Ph.D. thesis must be submitted at the latest by the end of 2019. No condition of nationality applies.


Download the application forms.

To be registered, the complete application folder must be sent electronically and by post before Tuesday, TuesdayApril 2nd 2019 at 12PM:

  • electronically to the following address ( the different application documents will be combined in a single pdf file which will be under 5 Mo. The application file will be named following this model: SURNAME_DOC_2019.pdf or SURNAME_POSTDOC_2019.pdf
  • by post to the following address (mentioning ‘Candidature Bourse doctorale/postdoctorale’ on the envelope), the application form being dated and signed:

Département de la recherche et de l’enseignement
musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
222, rue de l’Université
75343 Paris Cedex 07

The list of all the candidates whose application is eligible will be posted on the museum’s website on the 8th of April 2019.

The candidates shortlisted for a post-doctoral fellowship will be contacted mid-June and an interview organised at the end of June.

The list of names of the successful candidates will be posted on the museum’s website during the first week of July 2019.

Application date
2 Apr 2019
Date of residence
1 Oct 2019 to 30 Sep 2020
1 year
Europe France Paris Île-de-France
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Art & Art History History Media Studies Music & Musicology Social sciences Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Grants available
4 doc, 5 postdoc
Award granted
Doc: € 1.300 net monthly salary; postdoc: € 2.111,09 gross monthly salary